Greek verb to be late

How to say “I am late” or “I will be late”  in Greek?
Learn this useful verb and daily Greek language sentences.


Here below, teacher Terpsi will explain the verb “to be late” in its active form, as well as useful sentences
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The verb “αργώ”- to be late

You will learn this verb in the present and the simple future.

This verb is  conjugated like the verbs
μπορώ (I can),
οδηγώ (I drive),
ζω (I live), and you can also find those verbs in our language videos list.


So let’s conjugate the verb   in the present tense. 


Εγώ              αργ-ώ

Εσύ              αργ-είς

Αυτός,ή,ό    αργ-εί

Εμείς               αργ-ούμε

Εσείς              αργ-είτε

Αυτοί, ές, ά    αργ-ούν


Be careful, with these verbs, just make sure you always stress the ending, so you stress the conjugation

So  αρΓΩ and not ΑΡγω



  • Δεν αργώ ποτέ.                                                     (I am never late)
  • Μερικές φορές η Μαρία αργεί στο μάθημα. (Sometimes Maria is late for the lesson)



The verb in Future tense

Now, let’s see the conjugation of this verb in Future Simple, since it is used more than the present tense


Εγώ                θα αργ-ήσω

Εσύ                θα αργ-ήσεις

Αυτός,ή,ό    θα αργ-ήσει

Εμείς            θα αργ-ήσουμε

Εσείς            θα αργ-ήσετε

Αυτοί,ές,ά    θα αργ-ήσουν




– Θα αργήσω λίγο.                     (I will be a bit late)

– Γρήγορα! Θα αργήσουμε!    (Quickly! We will be late!)

– Το πλοίο θα αργήσει.             (The boat will be late/delayed.)


Good to know!

Sometimes Greek delay on their appointments, and then the first thing they usually say is

Συγνώμη που άργησα!  ( I am sorry that I am late.)


Learn the correct pronunciation in Greek


Click below on the video with teacher Terpsi  and listen to the correct pronunciation of the conjugations and sentences.

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